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What are Acceptable Medical Sources?

There are a variety of medical providers who treat medical conditions. However, the Social Security Administration maintains a specific list of medical professionals they consider Acceptable Medical Sources. They include: licensed physicians (both Medical and Osteopathic Doctors), Licensed or Certified Psychologists, School Psychologists can opine on learning and intellectual disabilities, Licensed Optometrists, Licensed Podiatrists, Qualified Speech Language Pathologists, Licensed Physician Assistants for claims filed after March 27, 2017, Licensed Audiologists, and Licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses for claims filed after March 27, 2017 (there are 4 kinds of Advanced Nurse Practitioners: 1. Certified Nurse Midwife, 2. Nurse Practitioner, 3. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and 4. Clinical Nurse Specialists).

Do I have to File Taxes on My Disability Payments?

The answers is, it depends. It depends on your marital status and household income. If you are a single person receiving disability benefits exclusively, you don't necessarily have to file taxes. It is unlikely you have reached the threshold, which is $25,000. However, some years there are stimulus packages and other tax benefits available for people who file taxes so it might be in your best interest to file taxes. If you receive disability benefits and work part-time, you might have to file taxes. Generally, if your income is more than $25,000 you need to file and pay taxes. You won't have to pay taxes on all of the disability payment you have received, but you will pay on a portion of what you have received.

On The Record (OTR) Decisions

On August 9, 2007, Social Security Administration issued a rule authorizing some attorney advisors to review case files and issue fully favorable decisions "on the record" (OTR), where the evidence in its entirety warrants disability. The practice was originally passed as a temporary measure to provide more timely service to claimants waiting for a hearing before an administrative law judge. However, Social Security Administration has seen success with the program and continues to extend the rule beyond its expiration date. The current rule has been extended through August 3, 2018.

Social Security budget increase to help those in need

Every time you receive a paycheck, you'll notice that a portion is paid out to the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you get hurt and are unable to work, paying into that system is what gives you access to disability coverage. When you need it most, Social Security is supposed to be the security net you need. It should only require an application, which you'd expect to get approved quickly.

Social Security Disability is there when you need it

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a benefit that helps many people when they're unable to work or cannot work to the extent they used to. With studies showing that approximately one in four 20-year-olds will become disabled prior to their 67th birthdays, it's more important than ever to have Social Security Disability benefits as a safety net for the public.

Visual Impairment

A visual disorder is an abnormality of the eye, the optic nerves, the optic tracts, or the brain that may reduce a person's ability to function. According to the National Federation of the Blind, approximately 10 million Americans are blind or visually impaired, and 75,000 people in the United States will become blind or visually impaired each year.[1]

Musculoskeletal conditions can impact you significantly

Disabilities impact lives in many ways. For some, they're unable to see or hear the way they used to. Others may not be able to walk or stand for long periods of time. No matter what the disability is, there's no question that it has an impact. It's important for those with these injuries to be able to get the support they need to live comfortable lives.

Social Security Disability Insurance and private insurance facts

If you get hurt on the job, you probably already know that you have a right to workers' compensation as an employee. What you may not be clear about is when you should seek out Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) versus your private disability insurance.

Social Security Administration cuts result in long wait times

If you're on Social Security Disability or are interested in obtaining benefits in the future, changes to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) budget could affect you. The SSA's proposed 2019 budget is going to be smaller than in the past. It would result in cutting back the number of staff members working at the SSA along with increasing the total time people would have to wait while applying for benefits.

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